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Kolloquium Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften - Kate Rigby (Literaturwissenschaft)


Pastoral under Pressure: Ecopoetics in the “Antipodes”

Prof. Dr. Kate Rigby
Monash University
Literary Studies
External Senior Fellow

Pastoral under Pressure: Ecopoetics in the “Antipodes”
Wann 11.01.2016
von 12:15 bis 13:45
Wo FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminarraum
Kontakttelefon +49 (0)761 203-97362
Teilnehmer universitätsoffen / open to university members
Termin übernehmen vCal

What happens to the poetic idiom of European pastoral when it is transported, along with a variety of colonisers, human and otherwise, to southeastern Australia? This question is the focus for the third chapter of my current book on ecopoetics, in which I discuss the work of the poet, and sometime farmer, of the Monaro plains region of New South Wales, David Campbell (1915-1979). In this talk, I will show how Campbell puts pressure on the pastoral in order to voice a distinctively Australian experience of rural life, while disclosing also how the rural environment that he loved was itself under pressure from the economic and technological exigencies of post-war industrial farming regimes. Turning to one of his later poems, “The Anguish of Ants” (1972), I argue that Campbell was moving towards a “post-pastoral” poetics of decolonisation, inspired both by the resurgent Aboriginal land rights movement and growing ecological concerns.